Wiltshire to spend £52 million on road improvements
1:33pm Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in News
WILTSHIRE Council is to spend an extra £52 million on road improvements over the next six year.
The unitary authority’s cabinet has agreed to a multi-million pound investment programme that is intended to clear a maintenance backlog.
John Thomson, cabinet member for highways said: “Like many local authorities, we’re finding that a succession of severe winters and flooding has meant many of our roads have deteriorated to the point where simply maintaining them in their current state is not viable.
“We need to invest further to improve our vast road network, which will result in fewer injuries from traffic incidents.”
The recommendation approved today means 150 miles of road in the county will be resurfaced. An option to upgrade the entire 2,750-mile network at a cost of £100 million a year was ruled out as too costly, while a cheaper option to maintain the network in its existing condition was also dismissed.
Part of the investment programme will be decided by consultation through the area boards early next year.
Part of the funding will come from the annual maintenance grant from the Department for Transport, with the rest coming from the council’s borrowing.